Our Story — From Powder to Polish

General Carbide is a vertically integrated manufacturer of finished tooling, wear parts and components for customers in more than two dozen market segments. The ISO 9001:2015-certified company employs more than 250 highly-skilled professionals in its production operations. 

General Carbide has six facilities and sells its products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company was established in 1968 by Premo Pappafava (1926-2002) and is headquartered in Greensburg, PA, near Pittsburgh. Premo, a chemical engineer by training, started the company after working for several manufacturers in the Pittsburgh area following his graduation from Carnegie Tech.

Since 2002, Premo’s daughter, Mona Pappafava-Ray, has been at the helm of General Carbide. After joining the company in 1986, upon completion of her Industrial Management degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Mona held numerous staff and management positions before she was named General Carbide’s president in 1997.

As President and CEO, she has grown the company by transitioning from a manufacturer of semi-finished tooling to a leading producer of finished tooling. Mona has also led the company’s efforts to acquire several strategically significant businesses. Despite those changes, she has retained the family atmosphere that has been one of General Carbide’s distinguishing features from the beginning. Throughout her career, Mona has been the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and philanthropy.

As a woman-owned business, General Carbide has achieved certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and has received widespread recognition for business excellence. 

News

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General Carbide’s Mona Pappafava-Ray Named East Central Regional Winner of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award

Greensburg, PA, June 14, 2019 – Mona Pappafava-Ray, president and CEO of General Carbide Corp., has been selected as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award East Central Region winner. The competition recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are succeeding in the areas of innovation, financial performance and community engagement. A panel of independent judges chose Ms. Pappafava-Ray as a regional winner. She was honored at a black-tie dinner on June 13 at the Cincinnati Music Hall and will participate in the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Spring, CA, on November 16.

“I am deeply honored to bring this award back to my entire team at General Carbide,” says Ms. Pappafava-Ray. “Their unwavering support, dedication and loyalty brings our vision to life, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.

“This award is the result of everyone at General Carbide continually doing more than is required of them,” says Ms. Pappafava-Ray. “By exceeding customers’ expectations time and again, we have created a degree of loyalty that has put us in a position to re-invest in the business and give back to the community.”

Now in its 33rd year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and 60 countries.

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Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Local sponsors for the East Central region’s program include PNC, VRC, Smart Business Network and Frost Brown Todd.

About General Carbide
General Carbide (www.generalcarbide.com) is a vertically integrated manufacturer of finished tooling and components for customers in more than 20 market sectors. The ISO 9001:2015-certified company employs more than 250 highly-skilled professionals in its production operations. General Carbide has six manufacturing facilities and sells its products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company was established 51 years ago and is headquartered in Greensburg, PA, near Pittsburgh. As a woman-owned business, General Carbide has achieved certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries. For more information, visit ey.com/eoy

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The company’s expertise helps to build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies worldwide. For more information, visit ey.com.

General Carbide’s Mona Pappafava-Ray Named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 East Central Region Finalist

Greensburg, PA, May 15, 2019 – Mona Pappafava-Ray, president and CEO of General Carbide Corp., is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 East Central Region award. The competition recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Ms. Pappafava-Ray was selected as a regional finalist by a panel of independent judges. Regional winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on June 13 at the Cincinnati Music Hall.

“This award is both a great personal honor and a testament to the strength of the General Carbide team,” says Ms. Pappafava-Ray. “Through our collective efforts, we have achieved a level of success which allows us to re-invest in the business and give back to the community.”

Now in its 33rd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year national competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, CA, on November 16.

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Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Local sponsors for the East Central region’s program include PNC, VRC, Smart Business Network and Frost Brown Todd.

About General Carbide
General Carbide (www.generalcarbide.com) is a vertically integrated manufacturer of finished tooling and components for customers in more than 20 market sectors. The ISO 9001:2015-certified company employs more than 250 highly-skilled professionals in its production operations. General Carbide has six manufacturing facilities and sells its products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company was established 51 years ago and is headquartered in Greensburg, PA, near Pittsburgh. As a woman-owned business, General Carbide has achieved certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries. For more information, visit ey.com/eoy

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The company’s expertise helps to build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies worldwide. For more information, visit ey.com.

Hempfield company General Carbide celebrates 50 years

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports on General Carbide’s 50th anniversary.

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General Carbide Earns Family Business Award

The Pittsburgh Business Times acknowledged General Carbide’s excellence by presenting the company with the Family Business Award at a special event on May 1.

The Award recognizes multi-generational, family-owned businesses in the Pittsburgh region for overall excellence, innovation, ethics and philanthropy.

Pictured (left to right): Brian Linderman, Mark Stumpo, Carrie Gartland, Jason Ray, Mona Pappafava-Ray, Drew Elhassid, Kathleen Green and Michael Midlik.

Ready, Aim, Sell

January 25, 2018

We’re solidifying our position as a player in the ammunition tooling market by exhibiting at the SHOT SHOW. The event is being held in Las Vegas from January 23-26. Representing the company (left to right) are Mike Ansell, Mike Bulebosh and Mark Klingensmith. The SHOT Show is in its 40th year and attracts attendees from around the world. Last year’s event drew nearly 65,000 people.


About General Carbide
General Carbide is a vertically integrated manufacturer of finished tooling for a wide range of industrial wear and metal forming applications. The company employs more than 200 highly-skilled professionals in its production operations. They enable General Carbide to sell its products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company was established almost 50 years ago and is headquartered in Hempfield Township, PA, near Greensburg. As a woman-owned business, General Carbide has achieved certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

For more information, contact Sales & Marketing at 724.836.3000, x130, or sales@generalcarbide.com or visit www.generalcarbide.com

General Carbide Corporation Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

June 7, 2017

General Carbide Corporation, a vertically integrated manufacturer of finished tooling for a wide range of industrial wear and metal forming applications, has upgraded its ISO quality certification to ISO 9001:2015. The company earned its ISO 9001:2008 certification several years ago. General Carbide’s desire to update its ISO certification results from the company’s strategic commitment to continually improving its quality systems and processes. By being ISO-certified, General Carbide is positioned to benefit from emerging opportunities in a range of markets, including automotive, oil & gas, and aerospace.

“This investment in the latest ISO quality certification exemplifies our ongoing commitment to having an intense focus on our customers, on the quality of our products and on the desire to continually improve all aspects of our business,” says Mona Pappafava-Ray, General Carbide’s President and CEO.

“The new standard is an excellent model for managing risk throughout the organization,” Ms. Pappafava-Ray continues. “It also provides an outstanding framework for helping us cultivate the high degree of customer loyalty which is essential to our long-term success. Additionally, ISO 9001:2015 demands more from top and senior management regarding accountability for the effectiveness of our quality management system. These new responsibilities should help us achieve measureable improvements company-wide.”

General Carbide’s ISO re-certification occurs at a time when sales have been holding steady. “Our success is due to the hard work and dedication of our management team and production staff,” says Ms. Pappafava-Ray. “By upgrading to the latest ISO quality certification, we strengthen our competitive advantage by complementing the innovative thinking, technical expertise and personalized service that have allowed us to thrive under the most challenging market conditions.”

The ISO 9001:2015 standard is based on the principles of customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision-making and relationship management. According to Michael Midlik, General Carbide’s Quality Assurance Manager, “ISO 9001:2015 is a useful standard to follow because it is designed to be compatible with other standards, such as ISO 14001,” which focuses on environmental management.

About General Carbide
General Carbide is a vertically integrated manufacturer of finished tooling for a wide range of industrial wear and metal forming applications. The company employs more than 200 highly-skilled professionals in its production operations. They enable General Carbide to sell its products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company was established almost 50 years ago and is headquartered in Hempfield Township, PA, near Greensburg. As a woman-owned business, General Carbide has achieved certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

For more information, contact Sales & Marketing at 724.836.3000, x130, or sales@generalcarbide.com or visit www.generalcarbide.com

General Carbide Shows Support For Local Organization That Assists Victims Of Domestic & Sexual Violence

More than 80 General employees participated in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” The 7th Annual Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence was held in Greensburg, PA’s St. Clair Park on Saturday, April 22. Proceeds go to support the Blackburn Center, a social service organization that has been providing assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and other types of violence and crime in Westmoreland County, PA, since 1976. (Photo courtesy of SkySight Photography)

April 24, 2017

Hempfield Township, PA, April 24, 2017 – This past weekend, 81 employees of General Carbide, a Hempfield Township-based manufacturer of tungsten carbide tooling for industrial wear and metal forming applications, participated in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” the 7th Annual Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence. The event was held along Maple Avenue in Greensburg’s St. Clair Park to support the Blackburn Center, a social service organization that has been providing assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and other types of violence and crime in Westmoreland County, since 1976. The company’s walkers were among the 1,200 participants representing area businesses, institutions of higher learning and other not-for-profit organizations. Since the initial event in 2011, participation has quadrupled.

“I am pleased that many of the men in our company took the initiative to participate in an event that raises awareness of violence toward women and benefits so many vulnerable members of our community,” says Mona Pappafava-Ray, General Carbide’s president and CEO. “The empathy they have shown by acknowledging the importance of the Blackburn Center’s mission demonstrates that they are quality individuals in addition to being highly skilled professionals. I am most proud to count them as members of the General Carbide family.”

About General Carbide
General Carbide is a vertically integrated manufacturer of finished tooling for a wide range of industrial wear and metal forming applications. The company employs more than 200 highly-skilled professionals in its production operations. They enable General Carbide to sell its products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company was established almost 50 years ago and is headquartered in Hempfield Township, near Greensburg. As a woman-owned business, General Carbide has achieved certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

About the Blackburn Center
For more than 40 years, the Blackburn Center (www.blackburncenter.org) has been providing services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and other types of violence and crime in Westmoreland County, and presenting education programs across the community. The organization is based in Greensburg.

General Carbide’s Mona Pappafava-Ray Wins Outstanding Ceo Award

April 19, 2017

Hempfield Township, PA, April 19, 2017 – Mona Pappafava-Ray, president and CEO of General Carbide Corporation, a manufacturer of tungsten carbide tooling, was named a winner of the Pittsburgh Business Times Outstanding CEOs and Top Executives Award. Since taking over in 2002 the company her father, Premo, founded in 1968, General Carbide has shifted from manufacturing commodity-type unfinished products to complex ones. Today, all of the company’s tooling is finished or semi-finished for applications related to manufacturing a wide range of products, including automotive components, ammunition and drill heads on oil and gas drilling rigs.

“This award is a tribute to the more than 200 team members whose skills and tireless work ethic have continued to make our company successful,” says Ms. Pappafava-Ray. “Their dedication to technical excellence and outstanding customer service, and to one another, have enabled us to strengthen our position as an industry leader while retaining the family atmosphere my father created. Encouraging balance among work, family and community involvement continues to make the company a highly desirable place to earn a living.”

About General Carbide
General Carbide is a vertically integrated manufacturer of finished tooling for a wide range of industrial wear and metal forming applications. The company employs more than 200 highly-skilled professionals in its production operations. They enable General Carbide to sell its products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company was established almost 50 years ago and is headquartered in Hempfield Township, PA, near Greensburg. As a woman-owned business, General Carbide has achieved certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

For more information, contact Sales & Marketing at 724.836.3000, x130, or sales@generalcarbide.com or visit www.generalcarbide.com

General Carbide Strengthens Abilities to Manufacture & Ship Wire EDM Blocks

General Carbide, a leading manufacturer of tungsten carbide tooling for industrial wear and metal forming applications, has expanded its operations to produce more than 40 standard and custom sizes of superior-grade WEDM blocks for a wide range of stamping and fabricating applications. To help ensure that blocks are of the highest metallurgical quality and reach customers intact and quickly, the company processes every order in sinter-HIP furnaces, ships the blocks in durable packaging, guarantees turnaround of three to five business days and tracks shipments door-to-door.

“Providing superior grades and more WEDM options is the result of listening to customers and prospects, making a significant capital investment,” says Mona Pappafava-Ray, General Carbide’s president and CEO. “Our submicron grain size of tungsten carbide particles is ideal for wear resistant grades capable of withstanding moderate impact loads. In contrast, our 4-micron carbide particle grain size and use of tantalum carbide yield a WEDM block that offers the highest resistance to galling.”

Each year, General Carbide invests more than $1 million in capital improvements to ensure that the company is using the latest technologies and most efficient business processes. According to Ms. Pappafava-Ray, “The fact that we are able to strengthen our capabilities from one year to the next is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our management team and production staff.”

General Carbide Corporation Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

July 30, 2014

General Carbide Corporation, a manufacturer of more than 50 grades of tungsten carbide tooling for a variety of industrial wear, metal forming and stamping applications, has earned ISO certification. Until now, the company had been ISO-compliant. General Carbide’s desire to obtain ISO certification results from the company’s ongoing commitment to improve its quality systems and processes. By doing so, General Carbide can serve customers more effectively than ever and continue to grow by taking advantage of new business opportunities in a range of markets, including automotive, oil & gas, and aerospace.

“I am pleased that we have made this significant investment in our future,” says Mona Pappafava-Ray, General Carbide’s president and CEO. “Being ISO-certified ensures our customers that we have an effective quality system in-place. It also enables us to develop business opportunities in markets that were difficult to penetrate without certification. Becoming ISO-certified is a natural extension of our ongoing investments in production equipment, enterprise resource planning systems and information technology.”

Ms. Pappafava-Ray also believes that by standardizing continual improvement processes, corrective and preventive procedures, and customer feedback mechanisms, General Carbide’s customers will experience superior product consistency and order turnaround time.

The company’s ISO certification occurs at a time when sales have been strong for almost five years. “The fact that we have out-performed our competition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our management team and production staff,” says Ms. Pappafava-Ray. “Obtaining ISO certification strengthens our competitive advantage by complementing the innovative thinking, technical expertise and personalized service that have allowed us to thrive in challenging times.”

For more information, contact Denise Kadar at 724.836.3000 x180, email dkadar@generalcarbide.com, or contact us.

Awards

(Boldface denotes a company award.)

2018

Family Business Award (Pittsburgh Business Times)

2017
Outstanding CEOs & Top Executives (Pittsburgh Business Times)
Business Women First Award (Pittsburgh Business Times)
Panelist, CNBC Small Business Week Panel (Allegheny Conference on Community Development)
2016

Business Women First Award (Pittsburgh Business Times)
Panelist, Pittsburgh’s Role in the Global Economy Briefing Breakfast (Pittsburgh Business Times)
Torch Award (Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania)

Community

We contribute to many fine organizations that make life better for people in our community and beyond. Those groups include:

  • American Red Cross
  • Animal Friends
  • Blackburn Center
  • BotsIQ
  • Carbon Volunteer Fire Department
  • Greensburg Hempfield Area Library
  • Halo for Freedom Warrior Foundation
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Shadyside Academy
  • Westmoreland Cultural Trust
  • Westmoreland County Community College Educational Foundation
  • Youngwood Hose Company No.1
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General Carbide 50th Anniversary Book